Renee Boucher Ferguson at eWeek:
As SAP AG and Microsoft Corp. hammer out the 1.0 version of Mendocino, their combined development project to offer mySAP process functionality in Microsoft Office for a seamless working environment between the two platforms, they’re also pounding out the second iteration.
Mendocino 1.0, expected in July of next year, will hone in on four scenarios—budget monitoring, time management, leave management, and organizational management—that expose process logic and workflow from mySAP applications to Office. That means users can, for example, use the cost center management scenario to access employee files, see pay information and issue pay raises, using SAP workflow that is exposed in Office.
Version 1.0 will ship this month to 40 customers and 10 partners for an aggressive ramp-up program. An additional 50 customers will be added in April.
The joint development teams from Microsoft and SAP will look to those users to help define new joint scenarios and delineate a development platform for version 2.0.
Expected on the market about a year after the release of Version 1.0—so around July, 2007—2.0 will continue to add scenarios around time management and employee self service. But it will also look to add a line of business scenarios, like CRM (Customer Relationship Management) and SRM (Supplier Relationship Management).
More by following the link. Unlike so many tech industry alliances, this one seems to be productive.